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20 NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2010
Scott of the A
“TO strive, to seek, to find, service, she surveyed her way ambassador’s residence.
and not to yield” is the motto
across the Atlantic, arriving A wreath was also laid at the
of HMS Scott, and one she is
in Montevideo in early grave of Ord Tel Neville
doing her very best to aspire to
December. Milburn, a New Zealand
on her current deployment.
The visit coincided with sailor from HMS Achilles
two significant events in who died in the battle.
Emerging from a lengthy refit
the Uruguayan capital After a big slurp of
the ship worked hard to achieve
– the 70th anniversary fuel – over 700 tonnes
her re-acceptance into the surface
of the Battle of the – and a restock of
flotilla, pass her Operational
River Plate and the supplies Scott sailed
Sea Training and deploy as the
official opening of the from the River Plate
temporary ice patrol vessel for the
new naval museum. and turned right for
current austral summer – HMS
Despite a crew of Antarctica.
Endurance’s normal role.
● An albatross circles
only 52 the presence of With the weather on
HMS Scott during
After a brief stop for her first
the extra watch allowed her side she conducted
surveying work off the
watch handover in Tenerife, where
a strong naval presence the British Antarctic Survey
South Shetland Islands
members of the ship’s company
in support of both events, with (BAS) tasking in the exposed
attended a Remembrance Day
sailors attending a service of icy waters to the north of the
remembrance 70 years to the day Antarctic Peninsula.
● Artist Rowan ● HMS Scott at
since the battle that cost the lives Using her state-of-the-art
Port Lockroy Huntley at work
of 72 British and 36 German multibeam sonar system Scott
sailors. surveyed a poorly-charted area
Scott’s Commanding Officer, to the north-west of the South
Cdr Gary Hesling, said: “It was an Shetland Islands.
honour for us to participate in the The 13,500-tonne ship’s unique
commemorative ceremonies for sonar fit allows her to survey the
the Battle of the River Plate, to pay deepest oceans in continuous lines
tribute to the courage of all those of up to 400 miles in length.
in the battle but most particularly The ship’s three-week mission
to remember the sailors who lost in Antarctica fulfilled a number
their lives on that day.” of commitments – work for the
The South American capital Foreign and Commonwealth
was the first visit to Uruguay for Office (FCO), support to BAS
many, and the sunshine came as and hydrographic surveying for
a welcome break from the winter the UK Hydrographic Office.
back home. Surveys were very much
A little rest and recuperation dependent on the weather and ice
squeezed in amongst the official concentrations at the time – Scott
visits, maintenance and defect is not an icebreaker, but she is by
rectification was gratefully class a 1A Ice Strengthened vessel
received before returning to survey and can drive through first-year
operations. ice up to 0.8m thick.
For the formal opening of With such constraints, and
the museum a small contingent being at the mercy of the weather,
formed smartly outside the Museo the ship’s company had to plan
Naval, adding to the overall sense and undertake operations at short
of occasion and pride for the notice and at unusual times of
Uruguayan Armada. the day.
Cdr Hesling accompanied Primarily, work for the FCO
the Defence Attaché, Col Allan consisted of conducting informal
Thomas, and ship’s company base visits of other nations’ stations
to a commemoration ceremony and surveys of Antarctic Specially
followed by a reception at the Protected Areas (ASPAs).
Pictures: LA(Phot) Kaz Williams
Sunset over Kingston Island; Scott ● A computer-enhanced sonar ●
remained off the island overnight, ready image of an undersea volcano
to drop two BAS staff ashore for an discovered by Scott in the
informal base visit Bransfi eld Strait
● Scott sails into Port Lockroy
to deliver glass panels for the
base’s new ‘conservatory’
● Scott pictured off Brabant Island
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